This is the story of now.
We also release one Halloween single per year, which typically ends up being the only cover music we ever do. Our first was "Pet Sematary" by the Ramones in 2013, and our second was "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains in 2014. Third was "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen, and we just released a cover of "Swan Dive" by Nashville's own Iodine. All proceeds from those singles are donated to further addiction research and/or recovery resources.
All of the aforementioned can be found through my label, Trimming The Shield Records.
I record and produce work for other artists as well, and am very proud to have been a part of a recent album by the Boston-based singer, songwriter and drummer, Boey Russell. His debut album was released on my label in January of 2014. Updates about his work can be found on the TTS site.
My other collaborations can be found on this site, under "Discography."
This is the story of then.
I am from mango and avocado groves in Homestead, Florida, a suburb of Miami. I have assorted parents and one brother, Boey. They are all musical, and I have tremendous respect for each of their talents.
I spent a long time in the Boston area, and the beginnings of my music-making life happened there. Boey and I played in a band together called 33 Slade for several years, with our long-time pal Levi Fuller. That was the project that got me started as a guitar player and songwriter. Levi had already played bass for a while, just as Bo had been playing drums for some time, but, I had only sung prior. They really nurtured my musicianship, and gave me a safe place to practice both writing and performing. We ultimately made two records together. The Way To Win was tracked and mixed at Inner Ear in D.C. by J. Robbins in 2001. Harmonies For One was tracked by Matt Squire and mixed by Paul Kolderie at Camp Street in Cambridge, MA from 2002 to 2003. The band broke up after the second record was made, but we are all very close today, and still play on one another's projects.
I moved to New York in 2004 which marked the beginning of my solo career. Almost as soon as I got there, I made an EP of solo songs called Rose Ink. It was as solo as it gets, being just me playing an electric guitar and singing. I think I just needed to hear what I sounded like alone. During the second half of my time in New York, I flew out to San Diego every few months with a couple of new songs and whatever extra money I'd saved up. Through this long process, my album Singer took shape. Some old friends from Miami had moved out there and opened a studio, called Black Box. As I was unsure of what sound I was trying to find after 33 Slade and my solo EP, working with a friend seemed like a good place to start. I worked on the record for fifteen months, and released it in February of 2008.
Nashville started to call my name shortly after I finished Singer. I loved so many of the records that came from there, and always scoured the liner notes to see "who was who" in that scene. After several extended visits, I decided to take my dog and pony show there. I bought my first home, which is affectionately referred to as "Fort Knockout," and I make 90% of my art there. My last solo accomplishment, Family Album, was created in part there.
Family Album began in December of 2007. I had a crazy idea, and a very small budget... like, non-existent. Between three sessions, which took place in Boston (December 2007), Nashville (February 2009) and Miami (March 2009), I tracked as many people as I could in my families of origin and choice. I wanted to make something that all of my loved ones could be present within. In June of 2010, though I hadn't been able to exactly execute my original vision, I decided to finally edit all of the music I had, and mix it. I mixed it at Eric McConnell's awesome house in East Nashville. He did a great job, and I really value the education that I got by being a part of the process. The final product takes my breath away, and I'm so glad we made it.
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